Flight diverted after passenger attempts to open emergency door

A disruptive passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Houston forced an emergency landing in Corpus Christi Sunday.

A Cleveland ISD police officer, Pamela Michew, was on board the flight and was traveling with her children from Sacramento.

Corpus Christi Airport Police told Houston's KTRK-TV that the FBI is investigating the situation.

The woman who captured the cell phone video later said the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed several passengers about the woman. Corey Chao, a passenger on the flight, tweeted: "I reported to the SWA gate agent, and they claimed security had been called". Once she identified herself as an officer, passengers began to calm down.

An off-duty police officer tackled a passenger on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston when she attempted to open the emergency exit.

The flight carrying more than 170 passengers and crew later continued on to Houston, about four hours behind schedule.

The woman refused to stay in her seat and yelled about being treated unfairly by the government, several passengers said.

Franklin posted videos of the woman shouting and of her removal on Snapchat.

"She was still allowed on the plane".

"Then all I saw was the look of fright in the flight attendant's face, and I knew something was going on", she said.

"The rest of the passengers cheered when the off-duty officer came back on board", after the woman was removed, Gillentine told the newspaper.

It is undersood the passenger was questioned by authorities but has not been formally charged. "This was a failure", Gillentine said.

Because the incident happened in the air, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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